Eye Creams For Every Issue

For as long as I've been practicing dermatology, I've listened to people ask what they can do about their undereyes. Whether it's dark circles, wrinkles, or those pesky bags, we all want to know what we can do to get a more youthful, rested look — starting with the eyes. It didn't take long for the cosmetic industry to catch on to this concern, and nowadays there's a bevy of eye cream formulas for every complaint out there.

Above all, you should pay attention to your skin's needs and how it responds to the products you choose. But, one's undereye problems are often related to lifestyle and age, so I tend to recommend different products for different life stages. Ahead, my guide to eye creams for a variety of age groups. 
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20s
In your 20s, dark circles and puffy eyes are often a reflection of lifestyle. Indulging in cocktails, binging on salty bar snacks, and burning that midnight oil (whether it's working hard or playing hard) can do a number on that delicate skin.

Other factors that can play a role in your puffy eyes include genes, allergies, rubbing, or scratching the undereye skin, and of course, sun damage. Look for cream containing caffeine, which can help constrict vessels and reduce the look of puffiness and darkness.
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At this age, prevention is key.
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Keep future damage at bay with SPF (this cream contains broad-spectrum 34), antioxidants, and sunglasses.
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30s
As the collagen and elastin in the facial tissue start to break down, you may begin to notice some fine lines around the eyes. As the skin starts to weaken, it isn't able to hold the fat pads back as well as it used to. When people complain about having bags under their eyes, it's often due to sagging and protruding of the fats pads in this region. This layer of fat beneath the skin contributes to the overall facial structure, along with the bone and muscle, and when it sags, it results in the baggy undereye effect.
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I recommend incorporating a retinol formula into your skin-care routine to combat the signs of aging and strengthen the skin — it's best to use one formulated specifically for this sensitive area.
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40s
You may start noticing a few more lines than you did in the previous decade, and the skin under the eyes might start to droop a bit. It's a good time to step it up with strengthening peptides or growth factors that can build up the collagen and elastin. Cold compresses — cucumbers, tea bags (some of which have the added benefit of caffeine), or even spoons — can help de-puff the eyes by constricting blood vessels. Take those compresses to the next level with Mila Moursi Cryo Serum Ice Cube Infusion.
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This cream contains not only skin-soothing botanicals, but caffeine and wild-yam extract.
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Grape-seed extract, vitamins C and E, and hyaluronic acid help diminish signs of aging.
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50s & Beyond
As we hit our 50s, the skin starts to dry out a bit and in women, menopause can cause it to become thinner. This is the time to work in a rich moisturizer.
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This cream helps improve skin's elasticity overnight.
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Shiseido's Future Solution is formulated for the area around the lips as well.
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Increasing hydration to the area will make it appear smoother.
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Finally, you want to try a product that will give some lift.
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